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Unformatted text preview: NLAND WATERWAY SYSTEM, The capability of existing transportation infrastructure to meet a growing future demand should be cause for concern by Congress and other national policy makers. U.S. freight transportation infrastructure is not efficiently managed, adequately funded, or effectively integrated at the national level. Our ability to efficiently move cargo from domestic origins to international destinations at the lowest cost possible ensures our economic stability and national security. A capable and reliable freight transportation infrastructure is the necessary means to accomplish this national end state. [___] [___] Transportation is poorly integrated at the strategic level Colonel Donald E. Jackson, United States Army, 2007 (LEVERAGING THE STRATEGIC VALUE OF THE U.S. INLAND WATERWAY SYS TEM, Finally, U.S. transportation infrastructure is ineffectively integrated at the strategic level. Today businesses depend on the interconnected transportation network to move a myriad of goods, from raw materials such as lumber, coal, and petroleum products to manufactured goods including medical supplies, furniture, household appliances, and computers. 22 | P a g e Inland Waterways Affirmative BDL Solvency – Military Readiness [___] [___] Investments in transportation infrastructure critical to sustain US economic and military dominance Colonel Donald E. Jackson, United States Army, 2007 (LEVERAGING THE STRATEGIC VALUE OF THE U.S. INLAND WATERWAY SYSTEM, The importance of a viable national transportation system to the security and economic prosperity of the United States is even more important today than it was at the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Accessibility to world markets, providing quality goods at competitive pricing, and adaptability to an ever-changing environment characterizes the explosive growth of the U.S. economy over the past century. The 21st Century, however, provides interesting challenges for which we may be ill prepared. The era of globalization provides unique opportunities for other nations and international coalitions, such as the European Union (EU), to prosper and compete in international markets, challenging the preeminent standing of the U.S. economy. Economists predict the U.S. economy will double, if not triple, between now and the year 202 Globalization reinforces the need for highly efficient connections where the U.S. and international transportation networks meet. Feeding these connections, domestically, are a myriad of road, rail, and waterway networks ensuring American export commodities can reach their international destinations. No single domestic transportation industry, whether trucking, rail, or waterway, can provide universal coverage for all commodities. Integrating industry capabilities is essential to ensuring cargo is delivered to port in the most efficient and cost -effect manner. Each industry plays an important role in the movement of freight, whether hauling large quantities of bulk commodities or perishables over great distances, carrying smaller packages to the main streets and back roads of America, or flyin...
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